2011 South Pointe DE has Leader

The South Carolina Gamecocks dipped into the deep Rock Hill talent pool to sign tree South Pointe stars in Mr. Football Stephon Gilmore, four-star safety Devonte Holloman and underrated WR Charles Holmes in the class of 2009. The 2010 class isn't anywhere near signing day, but the Gamecocks are already targeting a top South Pointe prospect for the class of 2011. Read inside for the full report.

2009 South Carolina signees Stephon Gilmore and Devonte Holloman may not have played a down at USC yet, but they're already making a positive impact on the USC program.

South Pointe HS is home to one of the top prospects in South Carolina's class of 2011 in defensive end JaDaveon Clowney. And Gilmore and Holloman have already let Clowney know exactly where they want him suiting up to play his college ball.

"It has a real big effect. They keep trying to get me to come [to South Carolina]," the 6'6", 232-pound DE said of his former teammates who enrolled early at South Carolina this semester.

"People look up to (Gilmore)," he added later.

Clowney claims offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Maryland, Michigan, UCLA and North Carolina State among others. But when asked who his leader was Clowney responded with just one program.

"South Carolina," he answered.

"My cousin just got me thinking that they're good and everything. She goes up there and she told me I need to think about going there. And Stephon and Devonte have got me thinking about coming up there. They keep talking to me."

Clowney was scheduled to go to USC's junior day this weekend, but didn't make it. He instead dropped by the campus on Sunday. Clowney says his relationship with head coach of the defense Ellis Johnson plays a part in South Carolina's lead. He also likes Steve Spurrier.

"I think he's a good coach," Clowney said of Spurrier. "He can make you better. If you work hard he can make you better."

Clowney says he is also interested in Florida and LSU.

"They've got it," Clowney said of Florida. "They've just got a good program going on up there. The school is nice education-wise too."

Clowney also described his feelings on LSU.

"They're hyped. There's a lot of fans up there. They seem like they've got a good program going on. I watch them on TV; I just think they're pretty good."

Clowney says he has received a few letters from LSU, but has yet to receive any serious interest from either program.

While Rock Hill has not been kind to Clemson, Clowney says he has nothing against the Tigers.

"I like Clemson. Even though people in my school don't think they're all that. They beat South Carolina so they must be doing something right."

The talented defensive line prospect attempted to describe what he does on the field that has garnered him so much attention.

"I just play my own [game]; I don't know how to describe it. I just play for the team. I just want to do well and make sure I play with the team, play my hardest."

Despite having the Gamecocks firmly in the lead, the disruptive line prospect says he wants to see what else is out there before committing anywhere. Clowney does not have a time table for a decision.

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